This is How the World Would Look in 1000 Years
Can you imagine the future one thousand years from now? It is absurd and unthinkable, but some people like to discuss this topic. One of those people is Ray Kurzweil (thought by many to be the Thomas Edison of today). Ray shares some of his ideas about the future. According to Ray, some of the same people living today will still be around in 1,000 years!
Of course, you were expecting this. With technological advancements looming large in the distance, a future with aliens is inevitable. Ray believes that advancements in technology will soon enable people to travel farther and longer into space, where we may encounter other planets and other life. According to Arthur C. Clarke, another futurist, inventor, and science-fiction writer, technology is advanced enough already for us to make contact with aliens.
2 What will happen to our planet?
Material greed is swallowing up the Earth’s resources faster than it can replenish itself. The future sounds rather dark but, Ray believes technology is going to help solve many environmental problems. But how can we stop asteroids and comets from colliding with the Earth? Who can keep it from spinning off its axis like a marble shot out of bounds on the play yard? And what about exploding stars in space, shooting out bursts of gamma-rays stronger than millions of atomic bombs in far-away galaxies. According to Ray, much more interesting things, and less destructive possibilities, are on the horizon.
3 Environment and energy saving
Ray believes that environmental and energy concerns can, and will, be solved with technological solutions in the future. He claims that that the Earth will not turn into a polluted, over-crowded, tumultuous wasteland, but instead believes that nanotechnology will be capable of cleaning up environmental damage, meet our energy needs, purify water and air, and capture the energy of the Sun through solar panels and more. Ray believes that we will meet our projected energy needs by 2030, with the development of these new technologies.
4 Overpopulation problem
One thousand years from now, the world population is estimated to be roughly 14 billion. The concern is real, and many people are working fast and hard for solutions. Will engineered food solve hunger and meet with growing food needs, or will it prove to be harmful to our health and environment in the end? Ray thinks that one day we will take in our nutrition like plants take in through the sun, and as technology grows more advanced, our dependence on the Earth’s resources will become less and less. Sounds like something straight out of a science fiction book. Too bad we won’t be alive to witness this.
Ray calls it “the singularity,” a time when technology itself will merge with those creating it. There will be devices in our eyeglasses and contact lenses, to displays being written directly into our retinas, emergent technology will not only change us, but will change everything. There will be a time when we would be able to use space itself to generate energy.
6 Exploring the Space
According to Ray, people will have mapped out much more of the the cosmos and will be able to foretell future cosmological occurrences that can affect the Earth. The biggest reason for space exploration, however, is not only to discover how the universe works, but to scout out new and interesting planets that have the potential to support human life, should unfavorable conditions appear. Even though there are possible planets to live on that people have discovered but, they are way too far.
7 The obliteration of death
Not only the human kind will be able to stop the aging (we’re sad that we won’t be able to see this phenomenon) but one day the death will become obsolete. Ray believes that, one day, humans will live forever. He refutes the idea that “the purpose of life is to accept death,” that “death always means a profound loss in relationships, talent and potential, but that up until now we have had no choice but to rationalize it.” In one of Ray’s books “Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever,” he writes about how people can start taking steps now to extend their lives, until the advancements in medical technology have a chance to catch up. Nanotechnology will develop over time, becoming more capable to repair and restore our body parts. Biotechnology is advancing and will soon make it possible to turn on and off enzymes, the workhorses of biology. Current medical technology is taking its first steps in using these techniques to destroy HDL in the blood to stop atherosclerosis, as well as many other diseases. By creating ever-increasingly powerful technology, the future means extending human life. Life expectancy grows longer and longer every year: where life expectancy was 37 years in the 1800’s, a thousand years from now, according to Ray, it may just be infinite. So maybe our great grand-grand-grandchildren will actually live forever.